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the area he was there for the deliver reef his baby. cool, huh. >> reporter: that is a baby fresh out. jon: fresh. they have named the baby boy ray, as array of light, rey of hope. good to be with you. i hope you enjoy your wednesday. >> reporter: you too. jon: "happening now" starts right now. jon: breaking developments and brand-new stories this hour a nuclear nightmare sparks new radiation fears in japan and beyond as a nation in i sis is forced to make very tough decisions. the battle for libya intensifying as rebels take a beating and government forces engage in nonstop shelling. will benghazi fall to moammar gadhafi. they are criticizing the president on not responding to issues at home and a broad.
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its all on "happening now." a good wednesday to you. i'm jon scott. jenna: i'm jenna lee. we are here in the fox newsroom and happening right now as jon just mentioned brand-new developments in the nuclear crisis that is gripping japan and company company taourg all of our attention. emergency workers who have have now dubbed the fukushima 50 risking their lives to prevent further disaster. this after another fir fire has broken out at the nuke plant. radiation is 300 times normal. jon: the numbers today are staggering, millions across japan struggling with very little food and water. nearly half a million people there are homeless now, and some 3700 listed as dead, but that number sure will he will rise with ten thousand people still missing in one northeastern city alone.
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martha: david krisanti is live. what is happening at the power plant right now. >> reporter: reactors one, through, three and four are causing extreme problems for authorities. there were plans to put water on reactor number 3 which was overheading, that was abandoned because of radiation concerns. japan's nuclear agency is saying that radioactive fuel pools at that reactor are overheating. authorities are now working on a plan to use a water cannon to cool down a pool which is storing spent fuel rods at the number 4 reactor who was on fire earlier today. jenna: we are taking a look at the helicopters that were going to lower water on some of the nuke plants. there are still after shocks happening. have there been any more earthquakes today in japan. reporter: the last earthquake which shook tokyo happened about
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one and a half hours ago. that was just northeast of tokyo. and today there have been at least seven quakes with a magnitude of 5 and over. they actually seem to be heading in a southwest direction towards tokyo, and last night there was one which was literally underneath mount fugi which is tkoer tphapbt and overlooks tokyo, and that did spook some people, but there is no indication that it could lead anything to be some kind of eruption. jenna: david ross is taking in the destruction and terrible weather that hit the coastline in japan. maybe a personal question for you. how are you dealing with the situation and operating there in japan and how are folks around you responding? >> reporter: folks here are very resilient, in terms of their reaction in tokyo many people are buying food and stocking up. this is creating some problems for those people further north in the most affected areas,
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because supermarkets are busy replenishing their shelves with fresh food. authorities are asking people to stop buying, to stop stocking up so that flood good flow to those who really need it up north where there are extreme shortages. people are going about their lives, kind of normally over here. the only thing that seems to be affecting people to a great extent are these following blackouts which are happening at the moment tokyo is suffering from a lack of power. there are rolling blackouts to stop anything severe from happening. yeah, businesses are still open, supermarkets still open. there is a sense of normality, it's just that people aren't really sure what to predict and expect next. jenna: certainly a lot of uncertainty in the situation. david crisante from grn. another store row we are watching is any sort of anxiety
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that we are seeing here in the u.s. we have sao folks that are concerned about radiation crossing the pacific and a few companies that make potassium iodide bills are reporting spikes in demands as americans look to add that to their medicine cabinet, just in case. >> i think people think i'm a nut bag worrying about this. there are winds aloft. i don't know i'm not a scientist. jenna: president obama is urging people not to worry about radiation coming from japan coming our way. that is a sentiment given by many health experts. we will have a doctor here answering some of your questions. jon: real concerns about that not always justified. violence is flaring in the middle east as governments crackdown on civil unrest. bahraini soldiers driving people that camp. at least three protester and
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policemen were killed in the fighting. secretary of state hillary clinton is meeting with the nation's transitional leaders before touring ta ha require square. secretary clinton is in egypt to encourage the people and their transitional leaders to follow through with democratic reforms. libyan forces advancing on benghazi. they are calling on all forces loyal to moammar gadhafi to join the assault on the city. rick leaf even that you will is streaming live from tobruk in libya. >> reporter: reports of the libyan arm me's advance may be a bit premature, but we do know that they have surrounded a town 90 miles south of benghazi. we were there yesterday. speaking with rebel fighters when libyan jets dropped a bomb on a rebel check-point position a few hundred yards from us. soon after we left the pounding continued from tanks and
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artillery and the fight continues. as you mentioned qaddafi is asking the rebels to lay down their arms and surrender and apparently some have done just that. one of qaddafi's sons did say that his troops are nearing benghazi and said everything will be over within 48 hours. that has not been confirmed. we can show you pictures of the oil tanker that was seized by rebel forces about 180 miles off-shore. they apparently intercepted the ship after it loaded with about 25,000-tons of gasoline in greece and was headed to tripoli to refuel muammar al-qaddafi army. the rebels boarded the ship, hijacked it, they brought it to tobruk and they are off-loading the 25,000 tons of fuel. they are calling this a victory, but they are also talking angrily about the lack of
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support from the international community, particularly the united states. >> if the americans want support us they support us now, not tomorrow, when qaddafi can kill the people and the children and the womans and all the people. and we know they are waiting for -- whether will you support us when he kill us. >> reporter: one of the things we keep hearing from rebel fighters is is they have will but may not not have the heavy armor to take on muammar al-qaddafi. jon: interesting that they look to the united states for help here not nato or arab leaders the united states. >> reporter: they do, and they are desperate for that. jon: thanks,. jenna: interesting to continue
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to watch that story. no one seems to like this. but they still keep on doing it. it's another quick fix to keep the government running, passing in congress a spending bill is still far from over, a real spending bill as far as the budget for the entire year. lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are furious there is still no final budget deal. >> this is no way to run a government lurching back and forth like a drunken sailor, the agencies not knowing when or whether they are going to get their money. actually i should take that back, because the navy would never conduct operations like this. jenna: drunken sailor, is what what he just said. jon: colorful language. jenna: at least they are keeping it interesting for you, carl. >> reporter: there have been negotiations behind closed doors. there is a lot of question as to exactly what is going to happen.
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yesterday's passage included the defection of a lot of republicans that opposed the three week extension. that leaves john boehner in some argue a slightly weakened position on how to go forward. senate democrats and the house republicans have to draft the deal and they have both been calling out for the president to get more engaged. they will have after this friday another three weeks. there is not a lot of compromise visible on the table, nor are they really working very hard to get it done. both the president will be in latin america next week and the congress takes a week off then they come back with two weeks of negotiation trying to come up with something to fulfill the rest of the year's budget. not a lot of optimism yet. jenna: any sense how close they are to an actual long-term budget? are they going to vote today in the senate on this. >> reporter: probably not today. it's quite likely they'll roll it to tomorrow. there are a series of legislative procedures and obstacles that have to be cleared away for them to do it. unlike the rhetoric the past two
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weeks where both sides are attacking the proposals of one another. now they say they look to come proceed myself and make some sort of a deal. the republicans are standing by their $61 billion cut which passed in the house. democrats have not moved off the $7.4 million proposal that got killed in their senate. here is hairy reid this morning talking about this. >> neither party can pass a bill without the other party and neither chamber can send that bill to the president without the other chamber. if we are looking for a case study wide cooperation is necessary. that's as clear as it comes. >> reporter: there is nothing on the table and it doesn't seem like there will be within the next few days or when they are vacation, both sides trying to hammer out a deal. jenna: does that mean you get to go on vacation too. >> reporter: there is plenty more to chase. jenna: that's the truth. thank you, carl cameron. jon: fox news alert and some
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good news out of pakistan for once, where a cia contractor arrested on murder charges is now free. raymonds davis receiving a pafrd on in a case that strained diplomatic relations between pakistan and the united states. we are streaming live from islamabad pakistan. everybody thought this guy was in so much trouble and all of a sudden he's free. how did it happen? >> reporter: you know, and astonishing turn of events in a very controversial case. this is what has happened. the isi, the security services, secret agents turned up at the families of the 18 representatives of the victims' families rather, took them to the same jail that davis had been held in and forced them to sign what is called pardon papers. the family then had to meet with davis, and was actually wheeled through court one-on-one and verbally had to pardon davis.
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unislamic law that means davis had to be acquitted on the spot. a convoy of five cars came screaming out of the consulate where the whole trial had been taking place, picked up davis and took him straight to a waiting plane and flew them straight out of the country. he might be in bond done or bagram air pays in afghanistan. the families have been compensated $2.3 million for this. we'll see whether it diffuses the tensions between pakistan and the united states. it will create a lot of antiamerican sentiment. a lot of people wanted to see him tried and found guilty, jon. jon: live from islamabad. thank you, dominic. jenna: at a time of crisis in japan and the middle east as long as with a big budget battle at home new yes, sir about president obama's leadership from inside his own party. the latest on that just ahead. also the race against time in japan, what are the options? how does it all end? questions that we are going to
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jenna: new home construction right here in the united states plunging 22.5% last month. the largest decline we've seen in 27 years. we should mention, though, brutal weather everywhere in this country may have played role in that drop. we'll keep that in mind. the factors weighing on the stock market today already taking a hit from the crisis in japan. its impact and businesses and markets around the world is something that we definitely know is important to all of you. we want to hear from you. a "wall street journal" writer, editor steve moore is on the money today. he'll take your questions on the
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economy a little later this hour. jump on the live chat, tell us what you want to know, click on the link right there on home page to "happening now," america is asking you. we'll bring your questions to steve. breaking news out of japan, efforts to contain the crisis at the fukushima nuclear plant are so far unsuccessful and it may be getting worse. we know a lot of you are following the story closely. we wanted to bring in an expert. james acton is a physicist and a associate in the nuclear policy program at the karen a knee inch do youment. james simple questions i guess and not so simple answers, are we still facing the threat of a nuclear explosion? >> well, good morning, jenna. the situation is very serious. but i think an explosion of the reactor core itself, such as the one that we saw at chernoble which spewed radiation far and wide is very unlikely. that said, there are a number of
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different pathways in the serious situation by which large quantities of radiation could be released into the environment and the possibilities of other smaller explosions not originating in the course of the reactor is certainly still possible. jenna: why do we know so little about what is going on? >> well i think what you have to understand is the inside of the reactor buildings at the moment is highly radioactive, extremely hot, and filled with steam. realistically you can't have workers in there to inspect what is going on. in addition to that the measuring equipment that was all set up has been subjected to enormous threat. it is at best untrust worth thaoerbgs and would be failing at the moment. they acknowledge they are not fully informed about what is going on. jenna: what challenges does that
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pose actually dealing with this problem? >> it makes it very difficult. obviously we have, you know, there are multiple situations, multiple problems in these reactors at the moment. we are worried about the fuel melting inside three of the reactors and in fact there are spent fuel pools, giant swimming pool-like structures where all the highly radioactive nuclear fuel is stored. and trying to keep those stable is much harder if it's impossible to be fully apprised about what is going on inside of them. jenna: james, how does it all end? >> it's a great yes, general a i think the only answer is at this point is i don't know these reactors are clearly operating now far, far beyond what they were designed to. the point that i want to emphasize, though is the following, it is entirely possible we are going to see significant releases of
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radiation into the environment, indeed we've already seen that and these are likely to continue. but the chances of a catastrophic release of radiation in which a significant fraction of the radiation that has built up in the reactor's koerb is released, which we thought at chernoble i think is very low. jenna: that is something to keep in mind today. i thank you so much for your insight. james acton of carnegie thank you. jon: there is a whole lot on president obama's plate right now including that crisis that jenna was talking about in japan. some are questioning whether he's showing enough leadership in a time of crisis on several fronts. we'll take a look at what members of both parties are saying. and radiation fears from the nuclear crisis in japan spreading to the united states. some americans are buying up antiradiation medication. do we really need to worry here in the u.s.? dr. manny is going to be on the live chat in the next hour answering your questions, tell
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jon: over the past few days we've seen president obama golfing and filling out his college basketball brackets. that's leading some, even some in his own party to question his leadership when it comes to america's response to the disaster in japan. a decision to impose a no-fly zone in libya and a budget battle which could once again lead to a government shut down. it's on the last issue joe mansion called on the president to step up. listen. >> this debate as information as it is will not be decided by
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house republicans or by senate democrats negotiating with each other or past each other. the debate will be decided when the president leads these tough negotiations. and right now that's not happening. jon: fox news digital politics editor chris stirewalt is here with today's power play. joe mansion is going to be up for election again in a year and a half or so, and he certainly doesn't want to look like he's the president's lap dog, is that part of what is going on here. >> reporter: i think it's a big part of it because mansion, probably more than anybody else faces being dragged out, a popular guy in his own state being dragged down by an unpopular president. there is a larger issue here. this doesn't just come from moderate democrats like mansion it comes from liberals, a senator from michigan and others who say you need to tell us where to go, mr. president, we're not sure what you want us to do on spending and a host of issues. please tell us. i think the point is that this
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is actually the president's leadership style. this is how he manages these situations is he let's his fellow democrats in congress trash it out and he either blessess or doesn't bless their final decision. jon: one headline article on this topic was written thusly, obama in a crisis cool confidence or passivity. some say he's being level helded and sort of cerebral about it all. others -rs saying he's shrugging his shoulders and letting other people do the dirty work. >> reporter: well, we remember now former president bush was assailed for playing golf during the iraq war and other things and certainly the concern for the obama team has to be that at a moment when there is this huge earthquake and humanitarian crisis and nuclear worry in japan that the president is giving his world address on national women's month and going out to play golf and filling his
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ncaa bracket and seems detached at a moment when americans feel a genuine sense of concern about their economy, about spending ph washington, about impassess, and so there is a strategy here for the president to stay above the fray and not get dragged into things. but as you point out, jon, in time it can be perceived as passivity, or worse for a president, irrelevant. jon: chris thank you. you can get powered up each and every day with chris' power play log onto, click on the politics link you see there highlighted on the blue bar at the top of the page. check out the power play. jenna: the nuclear crisis hardly the only concern in japan as we get staggering new numbers on the human tragedy unfolding in the wake of the earthquake in tsunami. live with the survivors stories straight ahead. brand-new development on a hot button issue at home. lawmakers taking action on gay marriage, what they are doing today. we are live back on capital hill
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only on the now network. visit jon: right now japan is on the brink of an all out nuclear catastrophe. surging radiation levels at the fukushima plant forced workers off the job, this after another fire broke out at the plant. we are getting grim news on the overall death toll from the tsunami and the earthquake. 10,000 people are missing in just one city. the powerful quake and the ocean wave left nearly half a million people homeless.
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millions of others are struggling to get the most basic necessities there. fbn's adam spa pier row spent some time at a center. adam. >> reporter: one of the things we are talking about is the refugees who have left the area in that 30-kilometer radius, that exclusion zone around the fukushima nuclear power facility. there was one facility that we went to, it was the yamagata sports center, now a refugee center. we saw people arriving, they started coming in tuesday night. there were 93 by the time would he got there. they are expecting one thousand. all of these people leaving because of the nuclear danger ha is posed by those reactors, which may be compromised as well as the fire unit number 4. we spoke to one woman who is a refugee, she says she doesn't believe what her government is telling her that there is no immediate risk for theft to her
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family's health, and that they would like more direct action. we've just learned within the last few minutes that the japanese government is abandoning plans to use helicopters to drop water onto the reactors to cool them down, so that plan is now being aborted. the other issue that is going on is the testing of refugees for exposure to radiation. the refugees who had arrived at the yamagata center when we were there, none of them had tested positive for being exposed to radiation, that was good news. as i wrap this up there is still no end to this problem for the japanese government or people. and as i'm talking to you about all of this supplies are growing scarse. there are shortages of food, water and gasoline and this seems to be a problem that is replicated throughout the northern part of the country where the quake and tsunami hit.
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jon: adam shapiro live in japan for us. thanks. jenna: the debate over gay marriage heating up in washington today as we take a closer look at some of the domestic stories happening right now. tkep krats are launching a new offensive to repeal the defense of marriage act, this after the president and the justice department announced it will no longer defend the law in for the. james rosen is here to explain all of this. james. >> reporter: good morning. today marks a historic point in the long running battle over same-sex marriage and the different laws this apply to the states and federal government. at issue as i mentioned is the federal defense of marriage act or doma which permits any state to reject the legality of a same-sex marriage performed in another state. while president obama opposes gay marriage he has instructed the department of justice to stop defending doma against legal challenges. today members of the house are reintroducing legislation rebel
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meal d. o. m. a. out right. the measure was first introduced in 2009. today we'll see a repeal of dom harks introduced as well in the united states senate. we were expecting to hear from a representative from missouri who says now is not the time to abandon a policy that's worked for over 200 years in in country and which was supported in bi-partisan fashion when it passed the congress in 1996. and jay carney white house press secretary on february 23rd who pointed out that the administration is going to be enforcing doma as the law it's just not going to defend it in court against legal challenge. jenna: james thank you very much. we're going to turn back now to the big story out of japan.
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several strong earthquakes, you might not know this. several strong earthquakes rocked japan in the days before friday's big 9.0 quake. they call them fore shocks. they say they don't help us determine what is coming next at all. the question we are asking today is is this event in japan really a game changer. joining us is john evil a seismologist and the director of environmental sciences at boston college. starting off with your observations. last few days, seismology being your passion what's been the most remarkable thing to come out of what you have seen in japan. >> i think the first remarkable thing is simply the size of the earthquake that occurred. we had never seen anything larger than probably 8.3, 8.4 off of the east coast of japan prior to last friday. and 8.9 or now the japanese are
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calling it 9.0 was a surprise. the fact that there were magnitude up to 7.2fore shocks two days before this earthquake is interesting. fore shocks is something we'd like to recognize as an imminent warning of strong earthquakes. we will be studying these earthquakes in detail. jenna: what is a difference between a fore shock, an aftershock and a main shock which we would say is the earthquake. >> the largest event is what we call the main shock, that is the one with the biggest magnitude. because the rock doesn't shift uniformly we'll have many smaller events that follow which kind of help the shift take place, those are the after shocks. sometimes it looks like the area that wants to crack in the main shock doesn't do it all at once, it starts with a small crack and then turns into the big crack. those are the fore shocks and authors the ones that we would really like to be able to identify if we can.
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jenna: why can't we identify them being a real warning sign right now? >> the fore shock was 7.2. we get an earthquake magnitude 7.2, 7.5 on the earth on an average about once a month. moist of the earthquakes that occur year in and year out are not followed by an 8.9 main shock. kp-lg identifying which one of these strong earthquakes is going to be followed by a stronger earthquake, so far we can't do. there is no telltale sign that says this is a fore shock which is this is simply a 7.2 main shock. jenna: it's interesting to think about the characteristics that might help us do that some time in the future and hopefully soon. we talked a few weeks ago when we had that big earthquake in new zealand, i know you've problem below been asked this many times, is there any connection seeing seem big earthquakes so damaging, so close together in time? is there any bigger take away? >> there is no direct connection
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between these damaging earthquakes, the christ church earthquake and the earth earthquake in japan. there are potentially damaging earthquakes always occurring on the globe. if they hit populated areas and cause damage and death of course people pay more attention to them. what we see is within a span of a couple weeks two very strong earthquakes that caused damage. we saw that last year with haiti and the major earthquake in cchili. thank you for your expertise today. jon: a jury trial is underway in a triple murder. how the pettit murder thraoeul coulmurder trialcould park a bae
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police were called there concerning a car that ran off the road and flipped. you already had one accident. the people inside that vehicle got out and ran away. but a second wreck happened when someone tried to avoid that first crash. they smashed into the back of a tractor/trailer. so when police got there they were trying to divert the traffic off of i70 when a car plowed into their patrol car as you saw there. one officer jumped over the center median into the eastbound lanes. the other officer ran down the highway as the patrol car did a spin. one person was injured not seriously. back to you, jon. jon: patti ann brown, wow what amazing video. thanks. jenna: fox news is on the money, today we're taking your questions about the economy. what a week it's already been, right? it's only wednesday but we've seen such volume tilt in the markets both at home, on wall street even today you can see the markets are lower. and also just the world markets in general. what about oil prices? steve moore is here with us senior economic writer for the
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"wall street journal." that's something our viewers have a lot of questions about. we've seen oil prices come down the last couple of days, gas prices haven't. donna wants to know why haven't we seen the connection. >> we are still at close to a hundred dollars a barrel for oil, that is an extremely high price. they have come down a few tkarls a barrel. it takes about two or three woebgs from when the oil price falls to what you pay at the gasoline pump. the oil companies are thinking, wait a minute we are not going to cut prices if we have to raise them again. the market hasn't been -- it's been turbulent but all been down. thinks the third straight day we have taken a big hit. this disaster in japan has clobbered the stock markets and asset values all around the country. jenna: not only what is happening in japan but what is happening in washingto washingtd
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not having a budget is playing into anxiety we see on wall street. is that a factor. >> i think there is no question. what the markets wants to see is the same thing you and i and homeowners want to see. we want to see progress on this budget issue. they have been at loggerheads for a month. they keep passing this one week, i think the last one is a three week extension. when are they going to get a budget and reduce this deficit? i think it will trigger a lot of hiring. i think it's exactly opposite of what a lot of democrats -- they are saying oh, my goodness if we cut the budget that is going to cause a loss of jobs. i think it's the opposite. we are finally making progress in reducing the $1.6 trillion deficit. jenna: jeff wants to know, if a shut down is certain maybe is that the thing the economy and government needs right now. >> i don't want to see a shut down. i really believe the three week extension approved in the house yesterday, this is the last
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temporary extension. let's talk about this three weeks from now. i think you get the stair down between the president and the republicans in congress. i lived through this in 1995 we had the government shut down then. it's important for people to realize essential government services like the air traffic control system and the police and court system, they will just operate, it's the nonessential alactivities. there is a lot of what government does that is nonessential also it won't be the end of the world. jenna: who wins that stair on you? you say it's coming in three weeks, the president, the republicans. >> the last one was won by hillary clinton, no question about it. a lot of republicans are wary of a shut down. the way i put it this is not a fire drill. we have a real financial crisis right now. we can't tkaoet with this next month or next year or two years from now, it has to be dealt with right now. i think american people will get behind the party who wants to get the deficit down. $1.6 trillion, that's bigger
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than the entire federal budget when i came to washington in 1984. jenna: our viewers are ready for it. we keep on saying it. the question is the action. >> one statistic. $10 trillion of borrowing over next ten years that's more money than the government borrowed there 1976 to 2005. jenna: thanks for joining us. jon. jon: forces loyal to libya's leader moammar gadhafi are advancing on the rebel stronghold of benghazi. his son predicts that city will fall in 48 hours. the anti-qaddafi rebels there bracing for a full scale attack. a live report from the ground in libya, straight ahead. are you receiving a payout from a legal settlement or annuity over 10 or even 20 years? the experts at imperial can convert
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jenna: hrert hrerbt for you coming from the pentagon now. the pentagon is saying u.s. military personnel are being told to stay 50 miles or more away from the nuclear reactor that is in question here, the fukushima plant. some air crews they mentioned are being given potassium iodi iodide, as a precaution, the pentagon saying that no military men or women are showing signs of radiation sickness at this time. we'll keep you up to date as we hear more. jon: more now on the human toll of the situation in japan. the nuclear crisis only adds to a story of incredible suffering. an earthquake and tsunami that killed thousands of people, wiped whole cities off the map. many more are still missing and hundreds of thousands of survivors are homeless now and
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struggling to find food and water. so what can we do to help? joining us on the phone, francis marcus of the international federation of red cross and fred crescent societies. you flew in from bay sing to china. describe what you'vbeijing toch. describe what you've seen. >> reporter: i've been here basically supporting them with communications. my colleagues who have been on the ground in the disaster area have seen harrowing scenes of complete communities obliterated and washed away, and many of them are saying that this is some of the worst destruction in any disaster they've ever seen. jon: since this thing hit on friday do we even have a full handle on the scope of it? i mean i know that in some of those northern cities and towns along the coast they just haven't been able to get transportation there and information out.
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>> yeah it's been very difficult to get into some of the areas affected by the disaster, even though right now there are a large number of search-and-rescue teams being deployed there. i mean there are some good news stories. a very small number of people are being found alive still. but the general situation is that everybody is preparing for rather a grim amount of loss of life unfortunately. jon: i understand that a great many people are suffering the ill affects of having swallowed contaminated water during the tsunami and now they either have pneumonia from the water in her lungs orin effectses from the bacteria. >> yes, hypothermia from being stuck in chilly water for a long, long period has led to cases of pneumonia, and the
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swallowing of polluted water has also been a feature of the medical pattern which we've seen, but on the brighter side it seems as though there has been a pattern of horrific injuries from being trapped under rubble in an earthquake is not so prevalent in this disaster. the injuries are more sort of in tune with those produced by a tsunami. jon: francis marcus is with the red cross, obviously one of the world's most advanced societies, but they need a lot of help. if you'd like to make a red cross donation. jenna: smoke rising from the fukushima facility. plant workers are back inside risking their own lives to try to avert a full-scale meltdown that some say is not going to happen but we've heard a lot of different reports over the last several days. the new steps they are taking to stop a nuclear catastrophe
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jon: right now we are tracking major developments in japan, breaking stories brand-new this hour. a growing crisis as nuclear radiation poisons the air in japan. brave crews are trying to get a handle on the situation but there is growing fear of a full-scale meltdown. in washington democrats launch a new attack on oil companies pushing them to use their leases on federal land or lose them. plus, the second trial in the brutal murder of a connecticut family, and you won't believe what the suspect wrote about it in his diary. it's all new, all live, it's "happening now."
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midday wednesday here on the east coast, hello to you, i'm jon scott. jenna: hello i'm jenna lee. right now in japan heroic emergency workers forced to retreat from the crippled nuclear power plant when radiation soared to dangerous levels, returning to one of the most dangerous jobs in the world, that's where they are now. david piper streaming live from the air base in japan, the base for much of the u.s. relief efforts there. david. >> reporter: hi, general a yes, desperate times, and there are some desperate measures taking place at that fukushima complex about 150 miles northeast of here. we understand the workers have now returned trying to pump that seawater through those reactors to cool them down. they actually had to stopover night because radiation got too high and that is when they called in a japanese military helicopter with a huge bucket filled with water to try to cool down those reactor they had to abort the mission because the radiation was too
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high. we understand now that some fire trucks have been introduced into the equation, they are pouring water onto this pond, which is -- has a spent fuel rods, and they are concerned about that because there is reports that it has been boiling and radiation has been coming off there. there is also concern at that plant for the number three reactor because that is plutonium based, the most dangerous, and they are actively working now to keep that one cool. at the same time the raid die us, the 20-mile radius has been largely evacuated. anyone left there has been told to stay in their homes, sealed off. but the u.s. military has said now that they have a 50-mile limit now to keep their forces out of there. here in tokyo there is negligible amounts of radiation at this time and the winds are blowing out towards the pacific. that has helped the people here
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in the japanese capital. there is great concern. they few people on the streets, shops closing early. i'm at a massive air base at the center of the logistics. today there was the first fix-wing aircraft which was flown up to sendai carrying heavy lift machinery to try to help the people there. it's a tough job. it's difficult to get up there. when the crews return they have to be checked for any radiation. we saw them out on the airstrip checking to see that these guys were okay. we understand there has been no problems so far, but it's extremely dangerous for these men and women who are involved in this operation. back to you, jenna. jenna: david piper live for us today. david, thanks. jon: as the crisis in japan intensifies law meekers in washington are raising questions about nuclear safety in the u.s. doug mckelway is live for us in
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d.c. right now. it appears, doug there is an awful lot of conflicting information out there. >> reporter: i'll say, jon, even the secretary of energy steven chu testifying on capital hill admitted to confusion about what is really going on. it's not inch skwrepb even skwra lot of confidence in the japanese officials relaying the information. we are in uncharted waters here is the secretary of energy. >> the events unfolding in the japan incidents actually appear to be more serious than three-mile island. to what extent we don't really know now. as they are unfolding very rapidly on an hour by hour, day-by-day basis and there are conflicting reports and so we don't really know in detail what is happening. >> reporter: we've got the u.s. secretary of energy concurring with french nuclear authorities who put the scale of this disaster at a 6 above the dangers of three-mile island but still below the danger of
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chernoble. here is what we know for sure today, reactor number 3 at the fukushima plant is apparently the priority. the helicopter flew to the site to drop water into the reactor where the roof was blown off in an earlier explosion and steam was seen coming out. because of high radiation levels they had to turn back. it was feared the radiation vessel was cracked and leaking radiation. at 8:40 eastern standard saoeupl they say there appears to be no crack. at reactor number 4 another fire broke out today the second of the day the situation there described by authorities as not so good, whatever that means. the concern there, though, spent fuel, the spent fuel is supposed to be baited in water to keep it cool but the water leafs drop exposing the spent fuel causing it to heat up. that in turn created hydrogen goss which in thurpb caught fire not once but twice today. those exposed fuel rods are highly radioactive. it is in the words of a tie inch
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advertise at mit, quoting now, a slow moving nightmare. jon. jon: all of this confusion is really feeding into the debate in washington, isn't it. >> reporter: the debate beginning to heat up in washington too. congressman ed marquis calling for a moratorium on building new power plants in the united state. we heard what the secretary of energy says, he's cautions that it is going to be a part ever the u.s.'s future energy needs, the president echoing these statements. the president also issuing a statement today to a new mexico television station in which he said that we are constantly upgrading our approach to nuclear safety and we will learn so much more from this disaster in japan as well. jon: doug mckelway in washington thanks. jenna: new information on the middle east as well. breaking developments in several countries that we want to tell you about, including baja lane where soldiers and riot police using tear goods to subdue protesters in the capitol's main square. at least six people reportedly
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killed in crashess across the kingdom. a show of support for egypt as the country prepares to vote on changes to the constitution. secretary of state hillary clinton visiting cairo to push for continuing democratic reform. now in libya, moammar gadhafi is gaining momentum in the push to retake control of the country. his troops are hammering the rebels we hear but this battle is far from over. steve harrigan is streaming live in tripoli today. >> reporter: the situation in tripoli shows this regime is getting increase -pbg lee confident in its position. we just heard from moammar gadhafi's son that he expects the entire operation to be wrapped up within 48 hours. he beings spebts government forces to take control of the last rebel stronghold, the city of benghazi 630 miles away from the capitol here. over the past 48 hours the fighting has been centered in an eastern city. government tanks have surrounded that city.
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the old t. 72 tanks have been firing away. many civilians have been fleeing in the past 24 hours with everything they can carry, fleeing in the direction of benghazi the last rebel stronghold. the big question is what will the qaddafi forces do when they reach and seize benghazi. will it be a siege operation or attack the city, a city of one million people. the army has dropped leaflets saying if the rebels turn over their weapons there will be no revenge. jenna: steve harrigan thank you very much. jon: there are new developments in the search for a missing police cadet. kelly rosswell last seen at a chile's restaurant, why her friends fear for her life. what some people are doing to try to protect themselves in case it becomes a worst case scenario. are you worried radiation from
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jon: the nuclear crisis in japan raises fears over radiation here in the united states despite assurances by health officials that things are safe here, antiradiation pills are selling out causing potential supply problems. julie bandaras as more on that from the newsroom. >> reporter: not only are these pills not needed currently. potassium iodide pills can actually have dangerous side affects and should only be taken if radiation is imminent and again at this point it is not in the united states. u.s. health owe tpeugts pes say the radiation leak tph-g japan will most likely not reach the
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united states. there are many people in california that fear the radiation will in fact spread from japan, and so they are stocking up on the popular antiradiation pills which aim to stop radiation poisoning, the thyroid gland. pharmacists across california report being flooded with requests selling out in some stores. customers say they are not taking any chances. >> as soon as we found out people were calling and coming in and emptying our shelves. this morning i called my boss and she told me to go ahead and order a bunch so i did that early this morning. >> definitely heard that it's something that is going to help protect our thyroid from possible radiation. and with the tradewinds coming in it could be up here poe tension tension alley in five to seven days. >> reporter: flemming pharmaceutical says they are getting dozens of calls and emails every hour for their 45 million-liter, $13.25 thyroid
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shield bottles. they are planning to manufacture morement pills are selling in staggering amounts on the internet with most orders coming from california, oregon, alaskan hawaii. all this in response to the nuclear plant meltdown at fukushima where a fire broke out yesterday causing a fuel compartment to erupt emitting radiation. u.s. officials want to reassure people that radio activity monitoring points are set up along the pacific coast and the state of california does in deed have a plan when it comes to responding to radiological emergencies. jon: thanks. jenna: it's certainly no secret that what is happening in japan is scary, it's a natural reaction especially since a major nuclear trelt is something we've talked about for decades. seems like the ones you are seeing on the screens right now really burned into our minds. and you have the worries about cancer, radiation poisoning or worse. our next guest says the stress
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and anxiety from this catastrophe may be a bigger threat than radiation and he's not alone in that thinking. david ropeak is the author of how risky is it how our fears don't always match the fact. you really investigated our fears and how we react in different catastrophes. what is about this nuclear catastrophe that shakes us to our core. >> we know that it can be awful, that's the bad news. atomic bomb survivors, cher. chernoble. we've been able to study the survivors for 65 years now. we know from following 90,000 or so of them that compared to normal cancer rates the radiation is suspected of causing only 500 cancer deaths. so the good news is, if you will, that the epidemiology of radiation is that it doesn't cause nearly as much cancer as
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most people presume. but it has psychological characteristics that makes it scary, and our risk perception is not just based on the facts and probabilities. some of those characteristics include, for example, it's imposed on us. nuclear radiation from power plant accidents comes from things that happen outside what we choose, it's not radiation that we get from going to the doctor or the dentist or from flying across the country. an imposed risk feels worse. a risk that causes cancer scarce us more than a risk that causes us heart disease or something else because the more pain and suffering is involved the scare year it gets. a risk that is human made, radiation from nuclear power is human made. any human made risk, because we can control what humans do is scare year than a natural risk, we can't control what god and nature do. so a human made form of radiation like this scarce us more than the sun that kills 8,000 people.
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it has characteristics that make it scary. if i may, jenna. jenna: let me bring out some points that you made about chernoble. we've had years to study the affects and obviously very serious health affects from that disaster. we keep on hearing that this is not chernoble we are seeing in japan. however when we looked at those chernoble victims, did the psychological affects really outweigh some of those horrific physical affects? >> the united nations did a 20 year analysis of all the health studies including radiation from chernoble. and of 600,000 people exposed to radiation, exposed they estimate that the psychological and stress health affects did far more health damage than the radiation alone. the who estimates the lifetime maximum death toll from chernoble from radiation to be about 4,000. it's less than half -- it's about two-thirds of 1%. but there was stress from worry,
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stress races our blood pressure and contributes to cardiovascular disease, it depresses our immune system and we are more susceptible to infectious disease, increases the likelihood of clinical depression, type ii diabetes. there were women who had prophylactic abortions afraid their kids would be born with birth defects. the u.n. said the fear of chernoble did more damage than the radiation. jenna: an interesting point of view to think about today. thanks so much for joining us. we want to hear from you as well. we are going to have dr. manny alvarez how big a problem fear is some your health. we know you have a lot of questions about rid kwraeugs as well. you can go online go to our town hall america is asking. dr. manny is there. he'll answer your questions on the chat and live on the air. jon: breaking news on a missing
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police cadet in florida. she disappeared over the weekend. her boyfriend suddenly left the state and detectives fear she may be in danger. also, we are tracking the latest in japan. millions of people are struggling there to survive. a desperate operation underway to stop a full-scale nuclear meltdown. it just crossed the iaea, the international atomic energy confirms that two reactors have partially melted down there. keep it here for continuing coverage. [ male announcer ] if you have type 2 diabetes,
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jon: fox news alert, updating you on a story we brought you just before the break there. the international atomic energy
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agency head, who is after all a japanese national, his name is u.k. ia amano, confirms that the numbers one, two and three reactors at the fukushima stricken nuclear power plant in japan have partially melted down. the number 4 reactor also has had problems. that reactor as we understand it was off line at the time the quake and tsunami hit. it was being used to store nuclear fuel rods, and it is having problems of its own. reactors one, through and three have at least partially melted down, that according to the head of the iaea. he says he will head to his home country as soon as tomorrow to continue an assessment of the damage. jenna. jenna: more developments as we get them there. also a search underway right now on florida's gulf coast for a missing police cadet. 35-year-old kelly rosswell
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vanished over the weekend. police say her boyfriend will not speak with detectives and has left florida. patti ann brown following the developments. >> reporter: police want to talk more with the boyfriend of a woman missing more than three days in florida. she was last seen saturday afternoon at a chili's restaurant in clear water. she was with her boyfriend. kelly was posed to meet friends later that night. she didn't show. she is a police recruit. she and her boyfriend lived in a condo in indian rocks beach. when kelly missed the get together a friend asked police to check the condo. they found her car parked two blocks away. she was gone. i spoke with a detective a short time ago. he says police did talk briefly with the boyfriend, david perry the day she went missing but he was not cooperative. then he took off for new york where he has family. the detective says that is a peculiar move for someone whose girlfriend is missing in florida.
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he is a 46-year-old retired new york corrections officer. he won't talk with authorities in new york or in florida. there were no signs of struggle at the condo. the couple has been together three and a half years. police have no record of domestic altercations. they want to hear from anyone who saw kelly or david perry saturday evening or later. she started at the police academy last november. she had not missed a day of class until monday and classmates as well as others in the area say they are worried, jenna. jenna: a lot more to that story. thank you. jon: there is new information now on the antigovernment proceeprotests that continue in bahrain. there is growing concern in the west iran is using the protests to try to turn the tables on its neighbors as gulf states send in troops to try to stabilize the situation in bahrain hoping military action could help demon ice the west. jerry sibe is the executive editor of the washington "wall
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street journal" and joins us now. a tiny nation that sits off the coast of saudi arabia. the saudis were trying to let the government handle things but finally the saudis had to send in troops or felt they had to send in troops, where does iran come in. >> reporter: they come in because they are the biggest shiite country. the saudis have always worried about shiite unrest in bahrain because they also have a significance shiite population. the danger is that bahrain becomes the site of a proxy war with the saudis defending a s u.n. ni monarchy, and the majority in bahrain trying to overthrow that same monarchy. that is why the u.s. was not eager to have the saudis send in troops because they don't want this to become the site after proximate rewar between iran and the gulf states. jon: i think we tend in this country to think of the arab world as sort of this mon monolc
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block. the saudis don't like a strong iran, especially a strong iran with a nuclear weapon. could this. do you think come to some kind of a war between saudi arabia and iran. >> reporter: that is the long term fear. the saudis are very worried about iran even more so than we in the u.s. are. they live across the gulf from iran. they think the unrest in iraq has made the iranians freer to make trouble because they used to worry about iraq on their other border. there is a lot of fear in the gulf about iran that is expanding its influence. think look at bahrain and really worry about that and think that could be the first step toward that happening. one of the issues is to keep bahrain under control, which makes it much more important than it may seem on the surface and it's precisely because of
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the iranian factor here. jon: iran is looming over decisions that have to be made about libya and the no-fly zone. they say iran is is part of the reason why president obama did not push harder or go in for a no-fly zone. >> reporter: i think that's correct. if you have a western intervention which would be an american-led intervention in the end you play into the narrative that the iranians are bushing for the whole region. the u.s. is lying in wait wanting to take advantage of trouble to move in and establish friendly governments and take over oil fields in iraq. there is a reason to think about iran when you think about libya. on the other side people who want there to be western intervention in libya make the reverse argument. they say if moammar gadhafi survives in libya the lesson to the iranians will be the way you stay out of trouble is you curb internal dissension. iranians will want to do that already. that will give them more reason
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to do it. there are arguments on both sides of the debate whether the west should intervene in libya. jon: the iranians curbed a lot of inch tepbl debate after the disputed election of theirs. >> reporter: they did but haven't really extinguished it. it keeps popping up. the more they see the way to survive in the middle east is to make deals with the opposition they'll be more inch khraopbd to do that. you've seen some moves by the iranians in the last couple of weeks to tighten up control and reduce the voices of dissenters'. you'll see that more particularly if qaddafi survives in libya. jon: jerry, thank you. jenna: we've told you about the 50 brave workers at japan's crippled nuclear plant trying to stop a full nuclear meltdown. they could use help from mother nature. will they get it? a live report on that. plus use it or lose it that is the message a group of senators
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asking the is lame mick republic could to she mers and compassion to shane bauer and joshua fattal. he wrote it february fist. arrested with fatale and bauer was sara shored. she was released on holt reasons. she has written the government asking them to release the two others. the spying trial for the two men is scheduled to resume may 11th. we're coming up on the iranian new year. it is a good time to make appeals to the iranian government we're told and that may be why these letters are coming out now. jenna: now a fox news business alert, we're seeing, well, heavy losses on wall street for the second day in a row. the dow is down nearly 200 points in early trading. it is not far from that now. investors are concerned not only what is happening in japan, the nuclear crisis there but also disappointing
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economic news as well. one of the data points we got today has to do with housing. home construction down last month, 22.5%. that is the second lowest on record dating back more than a half century. building permits, an indicator of future construction setting a new record low. we should mention last month, terrible month as far as building. weather wasn't any good. weather is where we're going to head next now. jon: that's for sure. right now, japanese engineers are doing what they can to try to bring those crippled reactors there under control but one thing they can't control is the wind. if you can keep that radiation relatively localized you have a much smaller problem but the wind can carry it along way. chief the meteorologist rick reith muth in -- reichmuth is in the fox weather center right now. >> we're concerned about the winds. this is satellite image. that is area of low pressure shifting winds around a little bit. they have been pretty consistently out of the west
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and southwest for a number of days but now they're out of the west-northwest as a cold front is moving through across the coastal cities. look at these temperatures. very cold. only into the mid 20s. anybody out there doing recovery efforts dealing with all the cold weather as well. and now, the winds. got to talk a little bit what many people are now concerned about with radioactive snow. some of this radiation potentially goes up and kind of sits in the cloud layer and then, you start to get some sort of precipitation, either rain or some of the snow, and as that happens, that pulls it down and settles it down across parts of the coast, across the earth and the land and it sits there and can sit there up to 1,000 years. that is why people are so concerned about this, getting a storm like this. we have been seeing some snow today right around some these coastal areas unfortunately. by tomorrow this will be gone. conditions will clear out and the winds will be out of the west again, pushing any of that radioactive materials out to sea which would be great news as well. jon: let's hope for a little bit more good news.
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rick, thanks. jenna: well a few minutes ago we told but the run on iodine pills here in the united states. i should use that term run loosely. we're hearing some reports some people are looking to buy these tablets. as far as panic, you might hear reports of that. we haven't seen any evidence of that. we also did an interview a few minutes ago about whether or not the fear of this nuclear disaster could be causing greater physical damage than radiation? dr. man any alvarez is fox news medical a-teamer. the health editor on dr. manny, start first off with the fear factor. the interview we did talked about the tension and stress of fear of radiation might be worse as radioactivity? as a doctor, what do you think about that? >> i understand it. i believe everything that your previous guest said but to me fear is the wrong word. it is lack of communication. if you look what happened in chernobyl a lot of folks that got immediate exposure to the radiation, what
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happened right afterwards had to do with the russian government not telling people what was going on. in japan's case they rehearse all of this. they rehearse drills. they're very well-inford. so you're going to see at the end of the day in japan you're not going to have the kind of exposure you saw in chernobyl even if they have a worst-case scenario which hasn't happened. here in the united states what i'm surprised about in the last couple days, you have had a running for these potassium iodine pills in california, internet, you name it. price is going up. a lot of people are crying if you go into your twitter on "happening now" you see a lot of comments people saying, we want to get the pills. and yet nobody at the federal level is again, speaking about informing people. survey came out this morning which we talked about on the fox business channel and they did a survey, we, people in the united states are not well-informed of what to do in case of a nuclear accident. and that's the whole fear
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factor. jenna: should we have iodine pills just because in our medicine cabinet? >> no, no, absolutely not. you know, it doesn't work that way. it doesn't work that way. to have these pills at home, if you don't know when to take them, how to take them, who to give them to, it could be a bigger problem. all of these things, if you have a plan of preparedness, you have drills. you know, when you have a nuclear accident, and you see what they did in japan it is about moving people to shelters. it is about securing safe water, food. there are many factors, just not the immediate radiation that kills people. jenna: a kick question from diane asking about the radiation that we receive from ct scans, pet scans, all of that, is that the same as radiation you receive if you're around a nuclear plant? >> no. not necessarily. there are many types of radiation. the radiation being produced right now in a nuclear power plant. one is hydrogen 16 and trim
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at this yum. that is the contaminated water using to cool down reactors. if there is breakage in the core the actual uranium is exposed the fission of that is radioactive iodine. those two types of radiation are the ones very, very deadly to humans. that is why radioactive iodine, that is why you take the pills. zisum. that is problematic. gives you lukemia and some of the cases we saw in russia. that hasn't happened. right now it doesn't have anything to do with the continental u.s.. jenna: dr. manny, we appreciate your perspective. more news on in the health section. jon? jon: happening now, jenna, washington could soon give oil companies a new ultimatum. start getting busy on federal land where you have exploration leases or forget about asking the government for anymore. chief washington
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correspondent jim angle now. jim, what are the democrats on the hill asking these oil companies to do? >> reporter: jon, with oil and gasoline prices getting higher the blame game is in full swing. democrats pointed to a new reason. they're blaming the oil companies accusing them of just sitting on federal leases and not producing them. listen. >> offshore there are a total of 38 million acres under lease but the industry is only producing 6.5 million acres. so you have 60 million acres that are unused, that are already leased to companies across the country. >> just as misbehaving children are sometimes going to hoard toys they're not playing with the oil companies are sitting on land they aren't using. >> reporter: so the democrats want to pass a law saying the companies have to use leases or forfeit them. the oil industry notes that is already the law, that companies might use or lose leases in five to 10-years
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depend on lease. the administration often blocks exploration of leases by refusing to issue permits for drilling. that is where it stand now, jon. jon: i know there have been some projected declines in oil production and some say this is an attempt on the part of the administration to shift the blame so that the administration doesn't take the heat for that. >> reporter: well there is some evidence of that. the argument that democrats made today was first made by the president last week when he was on the defensive about rising gasoline prices. so there an attempt to absolve the administration of any blame for blocking new leases but republican ridicule such assertions saying the administration's actions speak for themselves. listen. >> one month after the president took office, his administration canceled 77 oil and gas leases in utah. once the review was complete the administration refused to reinstate even a single one. >> reporter: now he points to many other things saying
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they announced new restrictions in the mountain west. last april suspended 61 oil and gas leases in montana issued in 2008. so republicans put the blame squarely on the administration but democrats, worried about rising prices are blaming almost anyone. oil companies, speculators, the middle east, basically, and anyone other than the administration. jon? jon: plenty of blame to go around so it would seem. jim angle. thanks. >> reporter: you bet. jenna: a brutal triple murder that horrified all of us. two men accused of raping and killing a mother and two daughters and setting their home on fire. the first defendant, convicted, sentenced to death. now the trial of the second suspect is underway. we're live in connecticut on that story.
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>> hey, everyone i'm megyn kelly. can you imagine what these heroic 50 workers inside the japanese nuclear plant are
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going through right now? i will ask an american nuke plant worker to tell us all. plus congressman anthony weiner of new york taking his campaign against supreme court justice clarence thomas so a whole new level, reportedly pushing now to have him disbarred. this is unprecedented. we'll have a full report. plus wisconsin's school teachers now taking young children into the state capitol building and leading them in anti-governor scott walker chants. is this indoctrination? we'll show you the tape and let you decide. mommy's little princess got into an elite private school, preschool in new york city. imagine the horror when they taught that 4-year-old colors? not trigonometry? mommy is of course now suing for thousands of dollars. we take up the case in kelly's court. see you at top of the hour. jenna: right now jury selection is underway in new haven, connecticut for the second trial in a deadly home invasion that left a mother and her two daughters dead.
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joshua komisarjevsky is accused of helping another man commit this horrific crime. killing jennifer hawke-petit and her two daughters before setting their home on fire. the only survivor was the husband and doctor, doctor william petit. laura engle is coughing the story from the beginning. sounds like picking a jury might be a incredibly difficult task because this case is so publicized. how is the jury selection going to far? >> reporter: a lot of people have been excused, jenna, you're right. this is expected to be a lengthy task. steven hayes, the other suspect tried and convictedded took over 10 weeks. we're expect this to be lengthier process. prospective jurors got inside the courtroom told they would not be excused if they have heard about the case. only if they can not put aside preconceived notions of guilt, bias or prejudice.
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other reasons for these prospective jurors being excused today, including hardship factors or self-employed or unemployed. there are many of those or if they know someone on the witness list. joshua komisarjevsky defense team is using jury consultant to find potential jurors who can keep an open mind and are not what they called stealth jurors. potential jurors try to get on a case and get in there to convict someone when they say they can keep an open mind but already have their minds made up. keep close eye on that. prosecutors are making sure they approve the right people for the panel and need to make sure that those selected will be able to handle the gruesome crime scene photos that will be shown, can stay i am park shall unlike one perspective juror we talked to earlier today, said i think he is murderer. said it flat-out. he said that in court. i can't be on this case and he was excused. only 15 of the prospective 60 perspective jurors still
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remain inside the courthouse. in the process they will whittle them down until they get 12 jurors, six alternates and three more alternates which is a change from what we saw in hayes. we nearly ran out of alternates in the last trial. the judge in this case wants to make sure there are a few more people on standby if they run into problems like they did in the last case. jenna. jenna: laurie, i have only 30 seconds. we're seeing the picture of the defendant. see if we can get the picture back up on screen. many are making remarks how he is appearing in court today. what's the deal? >> reporter: yeah. he definitely looks a lot different than we have seen him before. as you see here behind me i want to direct our camera to show you right now this is the defense team. they are leaving on a lunch break. that is jeremiah donovan in the green that you see there. joshua komisarjevsky looking very different today. some say he looks very clean cut. his hair has been buzzed. some say he is dressed to look like a catholic schoolboy. he has a much more clean look than we have in the
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past. jenna: very interesting case. laura engle, thank you. jon: the search in japan for the missing. as the world reaches out to help the victims what a job they have ahead. so many missing, so many dead. what has happened to those who did not come home?
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jon: happening now as terrible as the scenes are coming out of japan, that country's state of the art quake warning system is credited now with saving many lives. it's a system that folks on the u.s. west coast sure wish they could have. dan springer is live in seattle now. we've seen how bad it looks in japan, dan. are we more or less prepared than the japanese? >> reporter: well, jon we are far less prepared.
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part of that is because our building standards aren't as strict here but also because jop put in a billion dollar early warning system in this case actually sent out alert to millions of people across the japan before the earth started shaking. some people only got a few seconds. some people got more time. this early system detects p-waves or primary waves of earthquake. it sends out warning by way of internet sirens, broadcasting, even text messages. u.s. seismologists have been working to copy japan's system. last week's quake was the first major test of the system and sign tests here say it worked and definitely saved lives. >> the people onshore probably had about 10 seconds warning before the shaking started where they were. and the people in tokyo had about a minute's warning. >> reporter: and so we may never know exactly how many lives were saved but we do know that that gave people time to duck and cover. big question here is, what about funding for the
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system? we know that california is down the road to getting a system that would do the same thing as what happened in japan. about the $5 million in four years spent on this and they have developed it to the point where it is getting close but they need another 80 million in california. we're told 50 million in the state of washington and oregon. and right now we know that obama has cut the funding for 2012 for this early warning system. scientists here are still hopeful they will eventually get that system up and running. jon? jon: dan springer, live for us in seattle, thanks, dan. jenna: in japan the race is to stop a nuclear meltdown. we get conflicting reports from the u.n.'s atomic agency. continuing coverage and breaking news straight ahead [ male announcer ] if you've been to the hospital
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jenna: we keep talking about mixed reports coming out of japan. when the experts contradict each other, you know there are questions out there. right now, we have the u.n. chief


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